A pregnant Pakistani woman, Farzana Parveen, has been stoned to death which was described as “revolting” by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Archbishop Justin Welby was speaking to The Times at the ending days of his visit to Pakistan this week.
A 26 years old, Farzana Parveen, was stoned to death in front of the court in Lahore by members of her family who took it as a question of honor. Parveen was three months pregnant and was murdered because she married the man she chose and loved.
Her husband, Mohammad Iqbal, 45, told that police stood by watching and did nothing while she was killed in front of hundreds of people.
“I was utterly horrified and every Pakistani I have spoken to is also horrified. It (the stoning) was in no sense a punishment, but a revolting lynching,” said the Archbishop.
In addition, he also said Christians in Pakistan should be allowed to worship securely and that churches need protection and safety.
He added, “Freedom of worship is a universal human right around the world, and all countries need to pay attention to that.”
The Archbishop met the country’s Anglican leaders during her visit to Pakistan where he heard about the harassment they are suffering for their faith.
Christians are a small minority in Pakistan, make up only small number of 3.6 million, and regularly face discrimination because of their faith. This includes false blasphemy allegations and beating and thrashings.
The Archbishop of Canterbury said, speaking to the reports, he prayed for the blessing of Pakistan and the reform of blasphemy laws.
He added he was praying for the Pakistani government “to be favorable in seeing that [Christians are] not a group that are seeking undue advantage but are only seeking to do good”.
The Archbishop visited Pakistan with his wife Caroline at the request of the Primate of the Anglican Church of Pakistan, the Most Reverend Samuel Robert Azariah.